The Most Versatile in Video Conferencing – The Polycom Vsx 7400

If you are in the market for a new video conferencing product, there are a lot of companies that are able to make some video conferencing products. However, which one do you consider would be best for your needs? There are several different options for you to choose from, and if you have limited space, then finding the proper model of video conferencing equipment will be even more important. If you don’t have a lot of space, or are looking for versatility, then you will probably like to take a good look at the Polycom Vsx 7400 to satisfy all your conferencing requirements.

Let us first take a better look at some of the benefits that come along with the Polycom Vsx 7400 video conferencing system, so that you can truly see how well it will be able to fit into your video conferencing needs. Initially, this particular system is rather small and well designed to be able to allow you to place it just about anywhere, even on top of the television you will be able to have it hooked up too! This will therefore allow you to maximize your space, which will be great for those that might not have an entire conferencing room to be able to dedicate their meetings, or for those that might require a system that can be easily set up just about anywhere.

Further to being a small and sleek design, the Polycom Vsx 7400 is also an extremely versatile system. This versatility is very much and greatly due in part to its serial port which can enable a wider variety of devices, such as touch panels, or even medical devices to be plugged in. This ability will then allows all manner of information to be well shared through the video conferencing system, such as specific information from a medical device from one doctor to another, from anywhere to halfway around the globe.

Another amazing feature that the Polycom Vsx 7400 video conferencing system has, and that is shared along with all of Polycom’s VSX and HDX series, is a program better known as People + Content, created by Polycom for improving their systems. What this program more particularly allows for, is the unlimited ability to be able to share information from your computer, through the video conference. Don’t ever think that people that are only audio participants are ever left out, as they will be more fully capable of sharing any content that video participants are. Lastly, the true beauty of this program, is that it is completely wireless and is also completely and absolutely free!

Currently, perhaps, you will be able to see why it is that Polycom has become the world’s best leader in solving all your video conferencing needs. With the Polycom Vsx 7400 model, you will be able to travel just about anywhere and also be able to conduct an effective video conference. This is not to mention the fact that it will also be versatile enough to be able to allow you to attach a great amount of devices to it, as well as having the People + Content application, all of which will make it possible to allow you to share all the information that you might require with the people that will surely need it.

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Flash Based Sites – Pros and Cons

For the past few years, flash-based sites have been all the rage, and as Macromedia compiles more and more great features into Flash, we can only forecast that there will be more and more flash sites showing up around the Internet. Nevertheless, Flash based sites have been very much disputed as too catchy and unnecessary. Here’s a simple idea of the pros and cons that will help you to draw the line.

The Pros:


The action script that goes along with Flash has the ability to open up a vast field of possibilities. Programmers and designers have made use of Flash in order to create interactive features ranging from very lively feedback forms to attractive Flash-based games. This entirely new interactivity level will always leave the visitors coming back for more.

A standardized site

With Flash, you won’t have to worry about cross-browser compatibility. There are no more worries over how a certain CSS code will display differently in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. And, when you position your site elements in Flash, they will always appear as they are as long as the user has Flash Player installed.

Animation for better expression

In Flash, people can make use of its animating features in order to convey a message more efficiently and effectively. Flash is a lightweight option for animation due to the fact that it is vector based (and hence smaller file sizes) as opposed to real “movie files” which are raster based and therefore much larger in size.

The Cons:

The Flash player

People will need to download the Flash player in advance before they can view Flash movies, therefore by using Flash your visitor’s range will go down considerably due to the fact that not everyone will want to download the Flash player just in order to view your site. You will also have to put in further work in redirecting the user to the Flash download page if he or she hasn’t installed the player.

Site optimization

If your content was presented in Flash form, it wouldn’t be possible for most search engines to index your content. Therefore, you will not be able to rank well in search engines which will make less traffic heading to your site.

Loading time

Users will have to wait longer than usual to load Flash content in comparison to regular text and images, and some visitors might just lose their patience and click the Back button. So the longer your Flash takes to load, the more you risk of losing visitors will be.

The best way forward is to use Flash only when you absolutely need the interactivity and motion that goes along with it. If not, you can use a mixture of Flash and HTML or use pure text if your site is purely to present information which is simply textual and graphical.

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